Variant strains are ‘very good at establishing an infection’

by Sky News Australia

Deakin University Chair of Epidemiology Professor Catherine Bennett says the variant strains of COVID-19 are “very good at establishing an infection” which is why they are more transmissible.

Her comments come after new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Melbourne, with one being a woman who tested positive just days after exiting her 14-day hotel quarantine period.

Discussing concerns about whether the development could mean the incubation period is longer for mutated strains, Ms Bennett said it would be “surprising” if it was the case.

“It’s probably even less likely in a way that they would have a longer incubation period.”